After many months of planning and deliberation we’re excited to finally announce our most ambitious esports project to-date, and perhaps one of the most ambitious esports initiatives ever: The National Esports Leagues.
The NEL (National Esports Leagues) is a project that ties together several national or regional esport leagues within one ecosystem, providing a clear path to the top for player and teams, and a scalable and reliable funding model for organizers.
The NEL is modeled after traditional sports leagues, but customized to fit within an esports context and built to be digital-first.
What makes the NEL different from other national competitions?
The NEL is not just one competition, that’s why there’s an “s” after “Leagues”. The National Esports Leagues are a collection of leagues run by Challengermode or by one of its partners on a regional or national level. This makes it possible for teams to play in national competitions that also tie into a larger international professional ecosystem, bridging the gap between regular competitive gaming and professional gaming (a.k.a esports).
Moreover, every particular league is both permanent and infinitely scalable. There can be any number of divisions depending on the number of teams participating. Teams will move up and down between divisions depending on their skill level and the competition they face. The best teams will climb steadily upwards, season after season. Other teams will find their place in the hierarchy of divisions, competing at a level appropriate to their skill, time commitment and resources, etc. Crucially, however, all teams regardless of their skill level or current resources will be playing within the same overall league.
Who can play?
To compete in a given national league, at least 50% of players on the team roster must be from that country. In some circumstances, such as with established professional teams, the team’s country of registration will be the criteria for which national league to play in. Once a team has chosen a national league, they must continue playing there.
New teams are able to join at the start of every season and will typically have to start playing in the lowest division. Some leagues may chose to take an entry fee, while others will keep it free. This is up to the discretion of the organizer.
Join your National League today
The leagues are open to teams of all skill levels who want to compete in a serious environment, from amateur to pro. You can climb the divisions — proving yourself at every stage — with a clear path to the top.
Start your esports journey by joining the national league in your country. Learn more and sign up via the official NEL page.